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Blonde Poison @ The Old Fitz

Belinda Giblin plays Stella Goldschlag in Gail Louw's BLONDE POISON currently playing the Old Fitzroy theatre. Production photography by Marnya Rothe.
Belinda Giblin plays Stella Goldschlag in Gail Louw’s BLONDE POISON currently playing the Old Fitzroy theatre. Production photography by Marnya Rothe.

The real life subject of South African born playwright Gail Louw’s play very confronting play is a notorious figure from the Second World War,  Berlin Jewess Stella Goldschlag (1922-1994).

Goldschlag was nicknamed Blonde Poison for good reason. She was a beautiful, young blonde haired woman who school colleagues had compared to Marilyn Monroe. After being captured and interred by the Nazis, Goldschlag became a catcher- the German name for it was Greifer- for them by revealing the location of many of her Jewish compatriots in hiding to the Gestapo, sealing their fate.

In return for her efforts, the Nazis guaranteed her own safety and that of her parents. Goldschlag did survive the war, her parents were not so lucky- the Nazis broke their promise to her and they were deported to a concentration camp where they perished. She went into hiding at the end of the war but was found and arrested by the Soviets in October 1945 and sentenced to ten years’ camp detention. Continue reading Blonde Poison @ The Old Fitz